Boeing Employees Vote “No” to Joining Union

February 16, 2017, 9:05 am EST | Share:

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (BRODIE HART, WTAT-TV) — After a long day of voting, Boeing employees said loud and clear they do not want to join a union.

Almost three out of four Boeing workers voted against joining a union bringing this essentially three-year-long campaign to a close.

The vote comes after months of heated debate and advertisements that often delved into the political realm at times.

Out of about 3,000 eligible hourly production workers 2,828 voted.

Votes were cast on paper ballots and tallied by hand by the National Labor Relations Board after the voting closed at 4:30pm Wednesday afternoon.

It didn’t take long for union leaders to express their disappointment with the decision. They say the fight isn’t done yet.

“Obviously the outcome is not what I was hoping for, but, this is the labor movement. This isn’t easy. We know where we are at and we will continue to do our best to help workers in the workplace,” said IAM Lead Organizer, Mike Evans.

In a statement last night Boeing VP and General Manager Joan Robinson-Berry said “We will continue to move forward as one team. We have a bright future ahead of us and are eager to focus on the accomplishments of this great team and to developing new opportunities.”

Workers must wait a full year before they can hold another vote. As you heard the Machinist Union officials said they plan to keep in close contact with those workers until that time.